Make Fall cards special with falling leaves!

We associate fall with oranges and reds and falling leaves – no matter where we are (I am in Florida!) – so sending fall cards with these elements makes them a classic way to share Autumn greetings with people everywhere. While these cards have lots of details, sometimes making something like this scratches that creative itch and I am sharing all the details so you can try these quintessential fall cards right along with me! You can see lots of fall card inspiration in my Fall Category.

For this card I used the newly released Rubbernecker Owl and Halloween Tree, Jack-o-Lanterns, Tiny Leaves with Acorns #3, along with the Squirrels, Grass, Grass #2, Tabbed Mountains and Rectangle Combo #2 OPC.  I made this card to show easy it is to use the Owl and Halloween Tree and Jack-o-Lanterns into a fall card.  It’s like getting a twofer. Check out the Spooky Halloween Card that I posted yesterday to see these same dies.

One of my fall cards featuring a die cut tree, pumpkins, squirrels and owl and tiny hand colored falling leaves

The Card Base, Frame and Grass

  • Cut an A2 sized card base using white cardstock. Note: you could easily cut the card base using orange cardstock but I like to save my colored cardstock for layering.
  • Cut a 5.50″ x 4.25″ piece of orange cardstock and attach it to the white card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the 3.75″ x 5.00″ scene background, apply light blue ink using a large blender brush and attach to the card base.
  • Cut one mountain layer and two grass layers using green cardstock.
  • Attach the mountain layer to the scene base using double stick tape.
  • Use brown cardstock to cut the frame layers, turn them face down and attach them together using double stick tape.
  • Attach the two grass layers to the back of the frame using double stick tape.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame and attach it to the card base.

The Tree, Leaves and Owl

  • Cut one tree, the owl and acorns using Kraft cardstock and three sets of leaves using white cardstock.
  • Apply brown ink to the tree using a mini applicator.
  • Color the owl using mini applicators and light and dark brown shades of ink. Note:  I use my reverse tweezers to pick up all the small pieces.  I also put the small die cut pieces on the molding pad instead of my desk because I can slip the tip of the tweezers under the die cut piece much more easily than when they are on the flat surface.
  • Assemble the owl pieces and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Use a brown marker to color the bottom half of the acorns and attach the caps to the bottom using glossy accents.
  • Color the leaves using mini applicators and light green, orange and red inks.
  • Use reverse tweezers to pick up and attach the leaves and acorns to the tree using glossy accents.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the tree, tuck it in behind the mountain layer and attach to the card base.
  • Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the owl and attach it directly above the tree limb.

 

An example of fall cards with tiny falling leaves hand colored with inks and arranged over a die cut tree

The Squirrels and Pumpkins

  • Cut the squirrels using white cardstock.
  • Use mini applicators to apply light brown and dark brown ink to color the squirrels. 
  • Cut the pumpkins using yellow cardstock and green cardstock to cut the stems.  Note:  Note: I started with yellow cardstock for the pumpkins so the bright yellow would show as highlights under the shades of orange.
  • Color the pumpkins using mini applicators and light and dark orange ink.
  • Attach the stems to the pumpkins using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the pumpkins and tuck and attach them in behind the grass layers.
  • Cut grass sprigs using green cardstock and fill in and attach them using glossy accents.  Note:  Adding grass sprigs around the pumpkins softens and creates a more natural looking scene.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of the squirrels and attach them to the front grass layer.
  • Attach a few falling leaves to the sky area using glossy accents.
  • Add more leaves and acorns to the ground area and attach using glossy accents.

 

fall cards featuring hand colored and die cut falling leaves, pumpkins, squirrels and an owl in a tree for a classic Fall scene

Do you send fall cards? Do you create them using these classic elements or do you have your own twist? I would love to hear!

 
Rectangle Combo #2 OPC Die 5132D
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5334-07D Owl and Halloween Tree Die
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5334-06D Jack-o-lanterns Die
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5334-03D Tiny Leaves w/ Acorns #3
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Chickens/Squirrels Die Cut 5142-03D
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
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5318D Tabbed Mountains Die
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
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